#1: What is Job Sharing? Melissa Nicholson’s Job Share Story


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Welcome to the Jobshare Revolution podcast! In our first episode, Work Muse CEO & Founder Melissa Nicholson shares her personal job share story with the flexible work practice that transformed her work-life balance and career trajectory for nearly a decade in the 24/7 fast-paced radio industry.

Teaching companies and people how to create their successful job shares to live life + slay work has been the greatest honor of my life.

I found more happiness in work and life than I ever imagined possible and a bold new way to work achieving greater results than I ever could solo by leveraging two minds and skill sets in one full-time position.

Not only that, job sharing brought an equal caregiving aspect to my marriage and young family (including the mental load!), meaning more equality at work AND at home.

Seeing a job share team in practice opened my eyes to sharing my job, and when I was ready to job share, empowered me to pursue this innovative way to work.

I’m sharing my personal job share story in the episode, and how I created my own job shares (Yes, I had several along the way!). Despite the challenges I faced, I never wanted to work any other way.

I founded Work Muse so you don’t have to go through the pains I did to level up at work with a capable partner while reclaiming HALF your time—in whatever shoes you choose.

This is my story and how you too can create your own successful job share.

Here’s a glance at this episode:

  • [2:43] The Job Share 101 for “What is job sharing?” and the key to optimal success with the flexible work practice
  • [7:15] Why job sharing leads to equal co-parenting
  • [8:13] The one thing that happened in Melissa’s early twenties that she tributes to empowering her to job share.
  • [11:04] Why Melissa pivoted from her production company and a burgeoning acting career to return to the radio industry and the unexpected barriers she faced upon her return.
  • [13:47] The pivotal event at Melissa’s company when she was on maternity leave that ultimately, enabled her to job share.
  • [18:27] Why the magic of Melissa’s first job share didn’t last long, what would have changed it, and how Melissa changed her work practice.
  • [20:55] How Melissa negotiated her second job share to begin during her maternity leave, and the move her job share partner made that wholly surprised her.
  • [23:24] The lessons Melissa learned in selecting her third and fourth job share partners and what they brought to the table.
  • [26:26] Why Melissa never wanted to work any other way despite the challenges and why job sharing is a different way to work than any other work practice.

Listen in and start putting in some of that extra TLC for yourself and for your career! Because there’s no better time than NOW to uplevel your life.

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Melissa Nicholson job shared for nearly a decade and is the Founder & CEO of Work Muse. Work Muse drives the adoption of job sharing in business as a source of competitive advantage while helping individuals find work-life balance. Join the #JobshareRevolution here.



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